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Sports desk: 763-2459


Grapplers upset Hawkeyes on the road

By Eric Chan
Daily Sports Writer
This past weekend on the road was
emotional for the No. 3 Michigan
wrestling team, as it had one of its own
wrestlers hospitalized before one of the
biggest matches of the season. Michigan
141-pounder Clark Forward was taken to
the hospital in Iowa City on Friday with
an ankle infection before Michigan was to
square off against No. 2 Iowa. Despite the
absence of Forward, the Wolverines were
still able to upset the Hawkeyes, 20-15.
Yesterday afternoon, Michigan traveled
to Madison and trounced No. 13 Wiscon-
sin, 32-7. Michigan won seven of the nine

matches wrestled and took a forfeit at 149
pounds in a rout of the Badgers. The
match of the day came at 133 pounds
when Michigan's No. 7 Foley Dowd took
on No. 4 Kevin Black of Wisconsin.
Dowd was winning the match with just
seconds left on the clock when Black hit
a lateral drop to take the match as the
buzzer sounded.
"I was concerned that the guys would
be a little tired today because we had a
really emotional weekend with Clark and
Iowa," Michigan coach Joe McFarland
said. "I think we wrestled great though.
The guys looked real sharp and focused
on the mat."
Against the Hawkeyes, the Wolverines

not only faced the second-best team in the
nation, but also had to deal with a hostile
crowd of 7,456 packed into Iowa's Carv-
er-Hawkeye Arena.
"I was worried that the guys may have
been intimidated going into Iowa, but
they weren't at all," McFarland said.
"They went in there, and wrestled great."
The match started with the heavy-
weight class, in which Iowa had its best
wrestler (No. 1 Steve Mocco) facing No.
12 Matt Brink. Michigan's Brink - with
his left knee still bandaged from an injury
earlier in the season - was unable to
handle the surprising quickness of Iowa's
heavyweight. Mocco scored a takedown
early in the first period and never looked

back, winning the match 6-3.
Of Michigan's first five wrestlers, only
133-pounder No. 7 Foley Dowd could
score for the Wolverines. Dowd upset No.
5 Cliff Moore 12-4 to score a four-point
major decision victory for the Wolver-
Michigan backup 125-pounder Shaun
Newton weighed in at 133 pounds, and
bumped up to wrestle at 141 pounds to
fill in for the hospitalized Forward. The
undersized Newton did all he could
against Iowa's Luke Moffitt, but was
pinned early in the second period.
At 149 pounds, Michigan's Mike Kul-
czycki was hoping to upset Mike Zadick,


Big red machine

Tabitha Pool was contested all game by No. 8 Purdue last
night as only six players scored points.
Boile-rs effor
just right
against Blue
Dafiy Sports Writer
Yesterday's Purdue-Michigan game decided the Big Ten
champion, but not in the way many expected it to at the begin-
nin gof the year.
The seventh-ranked Boilermakers - PURDUE 84
claimed at least a share of the confer-
ence title after an 84-73 victory at MICHIGAN 73
Crisler Arena yesterday. Each team
as a preseason favorite to win the conference crown, but the
Wolverines have not lived up to the expectations, currently in
ninth-place with just two games remaining before the Big Ten
Shereka Wright set a Purdue record with 40 points and shot
71 percent from the field. Just five of her points came from
outside the paint. Kelly Komara added 11 for Purdue (12-3 Big
Ten, 21-4 overall).
Alayne Ingram's 24 points led Michigan (5-9 Big Ten, 15-10
The Wolverines led by four at the break and had just seven
turnovers in the first half. But they turned the ball over nine
times in the first nine minutes of the second half.
After the Wolverines extended their lead to eight at the
beginning of the second half, the Boilermakers went on a 20-6
run. Guard Kelly Komara led the charge with five steals and six
points during the run. During the game, she set a Purdue record
+ for steals in a season (102). Ingram, who turned the ball over
four times in the second half, was victimized by Komara.
"I let (Komara) take the ball from me," Ingram said. "I say 'I
let her' because I dribbled the ball very lackadaisically, and that
is just something I can't do."
Michigan finally ended its 6:30 scoring drought when
Ingram hit a 3-pointer to pull the Wolverines within five with
10 minutes remaining.
LeeAnn Bies had to leave the game because of a dislocated
left pinky finger with eight minutes left and Michigan trailing
by seven.
The Wolverines found themselves down by five when
Wright hit a 3-pointer right in front of her team's bench to give
the Boilermakers a 75-67 advantage with 3:22 remaining. She
scored seven more points to finish the game and the Wolver-
Both teams were on fire in the first half. Michigan shot 52
percent from the field en route to a 42-38 lead at the break,
while Purdue shot 47 percent. Ingram and Bies led the Wolver-
ines with 12 points apiece, while Tabitha Pool added nine.
See BOILERS, Page 3B

Amakerneeds to
get his team to
practice and play
fter that horrible excuse for a basketball game last
Wednesday in West Lafayette (Purdue 79, Michigan
43), the Wolverines returned to Crisler Arena with a
renewed determination.
"We were angry at the way we had played," senior tri-cap-
tain Chris Young said. "We came back and had two very
good days of practice."
But that intensity and attitude didn't carry over into yester-
day's game, and there is no excuse for that.
I didn't expect Michigan to pull the upset against the
Hoosiers, who might be the best team in the Big Ten. But I
was counting on hearing Tommy Amaker say that he "was
proud of the kids' effort" as he often does after a quality loss.
Instead, he acknowledged that his
team "certainly had a lot of break-
downs" and "was not as tough at cru-
cial moments as it needed to be."
After the game, Michigan forward
Bernard Robinson lamented the
Wolverines' failures.
"We've got a losing record ... We're
almost playing for nothing," he said.
What happened to pride? Doesn't STEVE
wearing that uniform mean anything? JACKSON
That was the only comment I didn't
want to hear from this team. This year Time for
is not over. The fans are still coming Action
"to the games, and eve ,rWolVefifie
needs to give 100 percent every time he steps on the court.
Young was right to be angry after losses to Purdue and
Colorado State, and the fans should be angry with their
team if it gives up and accepts losing just because it's 10-
Robinson went on to discuss how he still gets up for
practices "to make himself better."
This team may not be headed for postseason play, but
there are still plenty of reasons to dig down and play hard
besides individual improvement.
With games coming up at Iowa, at Wisconsin and at
home against Ohio State, the Wolverines could still finish
in last place in the conference.
If that isn't a reason to show up on game day, I don't
what is.
Working hard in practice is a worthwhile goal, and
Amaker's emphasis on that will make the Wolverines bet-
ter in the long run. But he must find a way to get his guys
to play when the cameras and fans show up - or this sea-
son will be come another ugly 10-18 failure.
"I think what we have tried to do is just expect some of
the little things along the way," Amaker said. "We recog-
nize that this is a process."
The Wolverines appear to be doing a great job with
those "little things" as long as no one is watching, and
completing that "process" doesn't appear to be a short-
term goal.
Losing these games is "frustrating, but I think we are
realistic also. It wouldn't be wise for us not to have a sem-
blance of balance and perspective in knowing who we are,"
Amaker said. "For us to expect to be a certain team or at a
certain level, is probably unfair to our kids."
Wow, that is what I call confidence in your team.
Amaker shouldn't expect a Final Four run anytime soon,
but I never have gotten the impression that this team was
See JACKSON, Page 5A

Forward Jared Odle and his Indiana teammates dominated Michigan inside and out in a 75-55 victory yesterday. Odle
was one of three members of the Hoosiers' frontcourt with 17 points.
Cagers stuffed b Hoosiers

By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor

After an embarrassing road swing, the struggling
Wolverines expected to redeem themselves at home
yesterday against first-place
Indiana (9-3 Big Ten, 17-8 INDIANA 75
overall) and pull off a win
that could have kept their U MICHIGAN 55
postseason hopes alive.
Instead, what Michigan (5-8, 10-14) received was a
basketball clinic given by the efficient Hoosiers, who

breezed to a 75-55 victory.
Indiana's win assured the Hoosiers of a first-place
showdown with Ohio State at Assembly Hall on
Wednesday. But for Michigan, its third-straight loss
and fourth in its last five games puts the Wolverines'
NIT aspirations in jeopardy. The Wolverines now
must win their final three games (at Iowa and Wis-
consin, and at home against Ohio State) and advance
past the second round in the Big Ten Tournament in
order to qualify.
For a team that hasn't won three straight Big Ten

if --7

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Icers fall to Spartans at the Joe

- again

By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Writer

DETROIT - Sometimes in hockey,
the pucks just don't bounce your way.
In the final regular season meeting of
the year between the Wolverines and
the Spartans, the puck bounced Michi-
gan State's way.
About five minutes into the game,
with the score tied at one, Michigan
State forward Joe Goodenow dumped
the puck into the Wolverines' zone. The
puck took an awkward bounce as
Michigan goalie Josh Blackburn tried
to snag it with his glove, and it trickled
into the net.
The Spartans later added a goal in
the third period to finish off the
Wolverines, 3-1. With the loss, Michi-
gan is winless against Michigan State

Michigan in the CCHA standings,
Michigan coach Red Berenson was not
pleased with how his team fell behind.
"This game was not a show;" Beren-
son said. "No matter what the implica-
tions, we didn't come out on top and
that's the bottom line. Whether it's
CCHA points or NCAA rankings, we
cannot feel good about this game."
"We weren't ready in the first five
minutes, and it killed us," Michigan
freshman Charlie Henderson said.
The game, which was preceded by a
special ceremony honoring Michigan
State coach Ron Mason, who will retire
at the end of this season, was character-
ized by defensive breakdowns and fluke
goals early on.
At 1:26, Michigan's failure to clear
the puck from its zone allowed Michi-
gan State's John-Michael Liles to

Strike up the band ...
With the 3-1 loss at Joe Louis Arena Saturday, Michigan has not
beaten Michigan State in any revenue sport since Jan. 27, 2001.
That has left the Michigan State marching band with several oppor-
tunities to play its fight song for its 'victors valient.'
"They're fighting with a vim." Michigan
Feb. 17,2001- Hockey - Michigan State 4, Michigan 2 state Athletic
Mar. 3, 2001- Basketball - Michigan State 78,
Michigan 57
"See their team is weakening"
Mar. 17,2001- Hockey - Michigan State
2, Michigan 0 (CCHA Championship)
"We're going to win this game"
Nov. 3, 2001 - Football - Michigan
State 26, Michigan 24
"Fight! FIght! Rahl Team, Fight!"
Jan. 30, 2002 - Basketball - Michigan
State 71, Michigan 44
"Victory for MSU."





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